Aston University has strong league table positions across a range of different criteria.
Overall student satisfaction levels are 89% (2013 National Student Survey).
Over 70% of our students are on degrees with teaching quality ratings of 22/24 or higher according to the Quality Assurance Agency. Many of our degrees enjoy professional accreditation from a wide range of UK, European and Global Institutes, Associations and Societies.
For over 20 years Aston has been a leading university for graduate employability:
- The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 ranks Aston 8th out of all UK universities for graduate level employment success over the past three years.
- The 2010-11 High Flyers survey again ranked Aston amongst the top 20 UK Universities most likely to be targeted by the UK’s top graduate recruiters such as KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- An independent survey of the UK’s top 100 employers has recently ranked Aston 17th in the league table of UK universities they target for graduate recruitment, and Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline and IBM were amongst the leading businesses surveyed.
- In the 2011 Midlands Business Awards, Aston was recognised for promoting entrepreneurship and for overall outstanding performance. The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise and reward organisations in the region which are adding value to the economy.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a national exercise which assesses the quality of research across all UK higher education institutions.
The 2008 RAE results confirmed the quality and depth of Aston’s research:
- All research areas submitted ranked in the top 12 in the UK
- 45% of the research submitted evaluated as excellent or world-leading, with 86% classed as internationally significant
- Overall quality has increased since the last RAE in 2001 and all subject areas would have scored a grade 5* or 5 rating under the old system of classification.
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Aston's drop-out rate is one of the lowest in the country at just 4% (2008/9 Higher Education Statistics Agency), confirming our reputation for successful students who benefit from our excellent support services. This low figure is in the top 20 of all UK Universities.
In 2013 league tables, Aston ranked particularly high on specific criteria including:
strong staff-student ratios
graduate level employment (Times Good Univertsity Guide)
a high level of spending on student facilities (student support, accommodation, sport and teaching facilities)
a high level of spending on library and computing facilities
high entry standards and low drop-out rate